Last season Miu Miu did punk rock chick. For spring/summer 2019 it was a different type of party girl. The type who maintains her elegance when she visits jazz bars at night, but she has a wild side.
Just before the show the House debuted a new symbol. Designed in collaboration with M/M Paris it is created to look like a face, a pet or a flower. It is friendly and affectionate, but with a touch of abstraction. Conceived with simple geometry, its playful modularity expanded throughout the Palais d’lena.
This collection had the feeling of a little girl playing dress up. From the chunky platform heels to the big bows and multiple brooches that were pinned on to shirts and jackets. The colours were girly and sparkling fabrics and exotic leathers made us feel like these pieces were found in someone’s dressing up box. Even the fits continued this vibe, with everything being slightly oversized or longlined – much of which was nipped into shape with waist belts. Fabrics and prints were clashing and mismatched but in a way that somehow worked.
While Miuccia Prada’s was clearly for a girly girl, or woman, there were plenty of masculine influences too. Blazers and short suits, crisp shirts, pencil skirt suits – all of which were kept feminine with sparkling materials, embellishment and transparent fabrics.
Accessories were oversized too. Shoes were sky high with an elevated platform and sunglasses were huge with reflective lenses. Nearly every look was paired with knee high socks Brooches were a must mention, with multiple jewels being pinned to dresses and jackets, while oversized bows and roses made of fabric were also added to looks.
This collection took us back to our childhood, but kept us firmly in the modern day with its juxtaposition of old meets new and combinations of styles, materials and fabrics that somehow worked together, even if we weren’t expecting them to.